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ActionSA campaign in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Photo: Twitter/ActionSA

ActionSA’s name will not be on ward ballots after losing urgent court case

The electoral court dismissed ActionSA’s application to have the IEC’s decision to omit its name from ballots unconstitutional and unlawful on Friday.

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ActionSA campaign in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Photo: Twitter/ActionSA

The Electoral Court announced that ActionSA’s application to overturn the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) decision to omit the party’s name from the voting ballot has been dismissed on Friday, 22 October.


ActionSA hoped that the court would declare the IEC’s decision unlawful and unconstitutional.

The final ward ballots will not have the party’s full name on them – just the logo – because the party did not fill out the “abbreviation” section on the required registration form. Fourteen other parties participating in the election will also have a blank space next to their logo, according to the IEC.

The Electoral Court is yet to provide its reasons for the judgement, given the urgent nature of the case – the written reasons will be provided later.

The Herman Mashaba-led party said they were disappointed by the outcome but the party is dedicated to the rule of law and respects the court’s decision.

“While our focus has been unfalteringly on the campaign, our attention now turns to the extraordinary measures we will implement to ensure that voters are able to locate ActionSA on the ballot papers,” said Mashaba in a statement on Friday

ActionSA said the party would remain on the ballot papers and will be identifiable by its logo and ward candidate name.

However, in a series of tweets in the wake of the judgement, the party said, “Our full name and logo will be on PR ballots. It is only ward ballots that will not feature the name.”

The 2021 Local Government Elections will take place on 1 November 2021.